Original and Commissioned Portraits by Lauri Kaye


Tucson, Arizona

Studio in the Old Ft Lowell District


Media contact: Lauri Kaye

Tucson International Airport Exhibits First Installment of “A TUCSON PORTRAIT STORY”

Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 6, 2017) Tucsonans and tourists flying into Tucson International Airport are in for a pleasant surprise from February 6, 2017 through March 16, 2017 as Tucson artist Lauri Marks Kaye exhibits 20 works of art (the first half of 40+ pieces) from her series, “A Tucson Portrait Story” in the Upper Link Gallery at the Tucson International Airport.

“A Tucson Portrait Story” is a collection of more than 40 drawings depicting people, places, and events that make Tucson extraordinary, in Kaye’s unique style. These include Tucson icons – like Gates Pass, the DeGrazia Mission in the Sun, Hotel Congress, The Loft Cinema, University of Arizona Sports and monsoon rains – along with insightful portraits of Tucson’s diverse population, from street musicians to waitresses.

Kaye’s “Portrait Stories” are continuous line drawings that weave in meticulous details about her subjects in a style that feels a bit like a throwback to ’60s pop art, but with her own original twist. Each piece hollers for attention with its graphic journalistic style, color components and at times both heart wrenching and hysterical subject material. Plan on hunkering down and taking time with each piece as they are filled to the brim with nuanced symbols and textual references.

While studying at Parsons School of Design in New York City, Kaye worked as assistant art director at Rolling Stone Magazine. She graduated in 1992 and was hired as art director at NSI Design, NY, fulfilling art and design projects for local and corporate clients including AT&T and Scientific American. She eventually launched her own studio, Sun Design, Inc., with clients that included two large theme restaurants, Jekyll & Hyde and Night Gallery. 

Kaye moved to Tucson in 1998 and opened Create Café & Catering, Inc., which she successfully ran for 13 years. She’s now the artist behind Create For The People Ventures, creating original and commissioned artwork. Her hand-drawn customized portraits integrate biographical information provided by her clients. Kaye loves to use her work for fundraising and donates allprofits to local charities. Each exhibit has a dedicated local nonprofit for which the sales of her portrait stories is donated; truly creating for the people.

For more information, contact Lauri Kaye at 520.404.2932 or lauri@createforthepeople.com or visit createforthepeople.com.

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